Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Vote on Social Cafe Due Today; Former Mayor Awaits Decision on Application

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Vote on Social Cafe Due Today; Former Mayor Awaits Decision on Application

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.om.au

FORMER Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow should find out today if her wish to establish a social cafe to help Rockhampton's destitute will be granted.

Councillors will vote on her controversial application to convert a former electrical shop on the corner of Stanley and Bolsover Sts into a takeaway and community centre, which will offer $2 nutritious meals for the needy.

The application is opposed by the council's planning department and surrounding businesses.

A number have vowed to challenge an approval through the courts and have accused councillors of showing favouritism towards the woman who led Rockhampton City Council for eight years.

Ken Hay, the timber merchant who has led the objections to Mrs Strelow's plan, has threatened to make a formal complaint to the Crime and Misconduct Commission about irregularities in the planning process.

In April councillors had voted seven to three to engage an independent planning assessor to provide reasons for them to approve the proposal and today they will consider the report from Brisbane-based town planning consultant Buckley Vann. …

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